In this digital age of technological advancements, there has been a push for faster, more efficient technology. Advancements in progression from computed radiography (CR) to digital radiography (DR) has had impacts on both workflow and patients, specifically in mobile imaging. Key areas where change can be seen and measured include patient safety, patient care, and technologist workflow. Several studies have demonstrated that DR image quality is superior to CR (1-2) and furthermore, overall dose to the patient is reduced (2-5). Since images are available for review far quicker in DR systems, examinations may be completed faster which ultimately benefits both patient and health care provider alike (6-7). Furthermore, by eliminating time-consuming steps such as cassette retrieval prior to performing an x-ray, and then processing the cassette afterwards, several more examinations can be completed before the need to return to the department (6). In 2016, our corporation upgraded to three new Carestream DRX-Revolution digital mobile units from the previous Siemens Mobilettes, with CR cassettes. We have witnessed first-hand these well documented benefits, but there have also been challenges to overcome. Though the initial cost to upgrade to a portable DR unit is expensive, the benefits are well worth the initial investment.
- Able to list the benefits of digital over computed mobile imaging
- Learn to develop a workflow to ensure accuracy, timeliness and patient safety